Friday, September 30

Fussy Cutting for Frosted Designs

Here is my take as a DT member over at the Fabulous Fridays- Frosted Designs. The challenge this week is to do a project with Fussy Cutting. So here is a photo of my son and his date to Turnabout back in 2006. It was hard to choose colors for this layout, because of all the blue in the background of the photo. Yet they wore colors of pinky-peach black and grey- so I choose to go with those colors  in my layout.
 I found special papers that had big designs of flowers so I could cut them out and place them where ever on my page, I also used some predesigned transparent design on the bottom and chalked in blue underneath after I cut it all out. Also the ttwo birds from transparent and the cute little birdcage from some papers I had in my stash
I used a star border punch for the photo and took the punches (stars) and scattered them on the page. And for extra bling added some more Stickles to the cut out flowers. Wel I hope you found some inspiration in my layout and join us this week over at Frosted Designs for a wonderful prize to be won.

Saturday, September 24

Where's the Lemonade?

I originally started this layout for the Blog Hop over at Artful Delight this weekend with a sketch challenge on Friday...then I incorporated two other challenges into this layout. Open Challenge at Sketches in Thyme and  for Scrapbookers Anonymous to do stamping on a layout.
Here is the sketch we had to work with from Artful Delight 1st Birthday Bash Blog Hop with wonderful goodies to be given out- I hope I win the grand Prize one- but any prize would be a Delight...

And her is my take on this sketch. I used PinkPaislee-watermelon paper, Jillbean punch outs, Stampendous, Hero Arts and misc stamps, scalloped and circle punches, polka dot ribbon, baker's twine, brads, black ink, some scrap cardstock, and lots of pop dots
For the flowers I punched 3  patterns out and crumbled them up and ink in black and attached a green brad in the center. The black and white individual candies & fruit I stamped on white cardstock and then cut them out and attached with pop dots .

A closer look you can see all the individual stamping I did to the background in black ink- using summer and 4th of july and candy stamps. Stamped the letters for Jayden's name and cut them out and used pop dots to apply to page. I laid a red polka dot ribbon  with folds for dimension.I love how the black and white  pops against the birght watermelon paper. So again, another fun page is completed.

Thursday, September 22

Grid Challenge = I only have EYES for U

This was so much fun to work with this grid pattern- I will definately be doing this again! This is the challenge over at Scrap Our Stash for the month of September and I wasn't sure if I would be doing this challenge- but I'm sure glad I did. I was working on a layout with these fall colors - and I had alot of large scraps left over- so I decided to punch out the scalloped squares and see what I could come up with. Then I had to find a picture - which was a challenge with these colors and I found this photo of my son and his girlfriend being silly and thought this was appropriate and went from there to add the circle punches then the buttons- Then I came up with a title and everythig fell into place. So I sorta did things backwards than I'm use to doing. I usually start of with the photo first, then pick out the papers for color and then the sketch or design.
I used all DCWV- fall paper stack- scalloped square punch, circle punch and lots of white buttons. I hand drew the black border around the edge and the photo, made the banner with black cardstock and with white paint painted the letters for part of the title. With large chipboard letters I painted black with white dots and tied some yellow jute cord on and for the banner also. Also used pop dots for the flags for dimension and my handy Yes paste.

I also applied this layout as a DT for an example to use punches -which I used the scalloped square and sm 1 inch circle punch- lots of them. So be sure to go check out Frosted Designs new Fabulous Friday challenge out this week.

Tuesday, September 20

Two challenges in One- SOUS

Stuck on U Sketches had a challenge to use die cut flowers on a project this week and so I did that using their current sketch also- so two for one layout here. I love working with fall colors- so I really liked how this page turned out of My Aunt and Uncle and their daughter with her family taken back in 2005 in Michigan while attending another one of my families wedding.
 All the papers used were from the Fall Paper Stack( older one on clearance for $4.79= what a steal this was ) by DCWV -love all the papers in this entire stack. Recollections border & corner punches, misc cardstock from my stash, several colored brads, Stickles in many colors, Tulip Fabric paint for flourishes, and of course for all my flowers I used  two -Spell Binder templates along with my  Cuttle Bug to cut them all and layer and ink all the edges. I also machine stitched in black along around the border of the layout.

Monday, September 19

Sweet... life- time and friends

Her is a combined challenge from Sketchy Thursdays and Scrap Fit #52 this week. Of course  the sketch is from Sketchy Thursdays and the #52 challenge is F for Friendship from Scrap Fit. They have joined together this week for a fantantic challenge and two prizes to give to us. So her is my take  a layout of my son and a few of his friends at the 8th grade school trip to the Milwaukee Brewer game back in 2005. I loved this sketch it was different and I got my inspiration from one of the DT teams layouts.  I used several different papers by Jillibean, My Mind's Eye and Echo Park- tags and a florette (?) I made myself and some chipboard for sub titles and inked the edges in orange. Very simple and I did it under an hour which is great.

Sunday, September 18

Remember When...

This is my take of the sketch over at Sassy Lil Sketches week 2 and I used My Mind's Eye complete boy stack papers, misc stash scraps for the banner in two colors, Autumn Leaves Alpha stamps for the title, jute cord in yellow, tag punch, 3 yellow brads and a black marker. I did this page for my scrapbook- because I just loved his long hair at this time and so did everyone else, but  he decided this day for me to cut it before football season started. Can you believe he trusted " Mom" to cut his golden locks off...

Saturday, September 17

Good Times for Sketches in Thyme & TPV

Here is my take on the sketch #56 at Sketches in Thyme and also The Paper Variety to use those stickers up. So this layout of my son at one of his 8th grade school dances was appropriate for both of these challenges.
 I used papers from DCWV Fun in the Sun summer stak- did my own doodling around the border and added some Stickles in pink to a few of the swirls and around the Friends sticker in the middle of the photos.. I painted in white the mats on the photos to have them pop a bit instead of using cardstock behind them. Several stickers which included the alpha's for the title, sub titles and a chipboard sticker that says 2 left feet..Prima flowers and my own flourishes done with Tulip fabric paints in purple. Some Studio G Pink  ink for distressing.

Friday, September 16

Using several Punches for Fabulous Friday.

Welcome- glad to see you stopped by to check out all the punches I used on this simple layout this week for the challenge over at Fabulous Fridays- Frosted Designs. I was kinda in a crunch for time this week due to the fact that I'm going through a divorce and I have alot on my plate with court hearings and mediations- which is really no excuse- but I have been alittle preoccupied with other things lately. I am looking forward to getting my life back to normal and spending more time in my craft room  and focusing on stuff that I like to do. Well enough about my life-
Punches was the challenge this week and I had a few more misc. photos to finish up so I thought I'd do a simple layout using nothing but punches . And that I did -I used 6 different punches from border, to corner, little and large flower punches here. I used DCWV paper stack from Once Upon a Time and punched the whole 12 x 12 border with Martha Stewart-star border and just let the white cardstock show through, then used some papers from my stash and used the EK Success large flower punch as a border (which is kinda hard to see in this photo) on the pink, geren and purple paper strip on top and bottom.  Fiskars  photo corner punch and a 3-way corner punch for corner mats on photos with white cardsstock. EK Success little  & medium floral punches and  some tiny purple rhinestones in the centers of the flowers. So be sure to go through your stash of punches and see what you can come up with in your project this week for a chance to win a great prize from our sponsor this week- Close to my Heart.

Wednesday, September 14

Bo- Bunny and some butterflies

I love working with butterflies so this challenge over at Bo-Bunny really caught my eye this week and so I already had this paper and so I scrambled through some of the year of 2005 photos I'm working on and these worked out well. This is my son and his date for a dance back in 8th grade for their Graduation- dinner dance celebration. Also, over at Scrapbookers Anonymous there A-Z challenge for September is the letter B- so since I used all Bo-Bunny papers and Butterflies this really is a double whammy for the letter B.
All my papers are by Bo-Bunny and cut-outs of the butterfllies are also from the papers, what a fabulous set this is I have used this set of papers on a variety of layouts, projects and cards. I used a simple title the girls name "Jamie" and used Cricut cartridge -Gypsy font to cut it out. I used some handmade trims and flowers which I crocheted and added a pearl to the center of them- just like the necklace she is waering in the  photo. I made the flourishes with Tulip fabric paint in a teal green and a cream color, a little mini butterfly punch for all the little butterflies fluttering over the page.Inked the edges in Paper Saloon brown, and EK Success and Recollections border punches. Last, I used my diamond Stickles and outlined the title and also put some on the two larger butterflies

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Tuesday, September 13

Mr. Popular...with the girls.

Here is my take for  for the sketch over at Sassy Lil Sketches this week, also appying it for The Studio challenge= school related layout and at Scrabbookers Anonymous= using your stash of Chipboard. So 3 in 1 for this layout. This is some photo's taken at one of the dances my son attended in his 8th grade year and he was Mr. Popular with the girls- so this was an appropriate title for this page. He usually was asked by several girls to go to the dances and be their date- but he would say no and yet dance with them all.
Materials used: Misc papers from a set, lots of chipboards pieces from my stash, scrappers floss in several colors, twine cord in green, Brillance moonlight white ink, black ink for the edges, pop dots, Hero Art flag banner stamp, Marth Stewart cookie alpha stamps for the title and then cut out, recollections border punch, and a Slick black marker.

Here are a few close-ups of the chipboard flowers and button shapes which I layered and tied on scrappers floss and curled the ends with my piercing tool, and on the 3 flower chipboard pieces I wrote my sub title on them.

Monday, September 12

The Girl...Next Door

I thought this was such an appropriate title for this layout of my son and his best friend from grade school thru high school and she really did live right down the street and was his first firend he met when we moved here and they have been best buds since.
I am doing this sketch #55 from Sketches in Thyme this week and this worked out great- I again liked the simplicity of the sketch- so I could get a few pages done tonight- I'm so far behind on my goal to do 30 pages a month.  I used misc. papers in colors pulled from the photos, K&Company rub-ons, DCWV -quote stack vellum for title, vellum tape, pop dots, silk flowers, Stickles, Martha Stewart microbeads in peridot, and tulip puffy paint for flourishes and inked all edges in Moss Green.

Sunday, September 11

Take me out to the Ballgame

Here is a layout that I did for Sketchy Thursdays this week and I really enjoyed doing this one- because it has the boyish look to it -no flowers or butterflies, and I really enjoyed the simplicity of the sketch. I used misc. stash papers with no company names on them- so they must be older, misc. older sport stickers tags which I matted on cardstock and tied red cord onto them, Used Cricut cartridges Sports Mania and Jasmine for the title and cutouts, black marker for journaling and white cardstock for background.
This is my youngest son when he was in 8th grade and the whole class was taken to the Brewers game up in Milwaukeee-( we live in Illinois on the border of Wisc. and my son is a White Sox fan) way to much fun was had by all and here are a few goofy pics my son gave me to scrap. I also did this for Fabulous Friday challenge over at Frosted Designs this week to use tickets, stamps and envelopes on a project- be sure to go check that out by clicking on name of blog .

Saturday, September 10

Money Money Money...

Here is my take fo rthe sketch over at Nuts about Sketches...this is the first time I have entered  and I just found this blog the other day and thought great- more wonderful sketches to work with...why not. I also just went through my paper stash and collected a few green papers and used my Fiskars circle cutter and a circle punch and some green brads along with a cute tree brad and Autumn Leaves Alpha Stamps for the title and brown ink and it was completed in under an hour, easily.
This was taken of my son when he received his first paycheck after two hards weeks of work at Jewel when he turned 16...he was pretty excited when I took him to the bank to cash it--his own spending money -Wow!

Monday, September 5


Here is my take for Sketchy Thursday-Titled- Fearless and Slingshot- which was a ride two of my children dared each other to do while in Orlando, Florida back in 2005 when we were on a 10 day vacation. As you can see by their facial expressions- not sure what they were in for-yet had to prove to each other that they were fearless.
I turned my photo horizontally instead- since it work best this way. I used papers from my large stash which had circles and bright colors for the background pieces, cardstock for the Cricut cuts, using the cartridges Graphically Speaking, Tag, bags, boxes and more,  & George Basic Shapes. I inked all the edges in black and tied a ribbon on tag and cut from felt some circles and added some large brads. My little spray of colored dots in the left hand top corner - I used a pencil eraser as my stamp for the dot and 3 colors of ink-yellow green and blue.

Saturday, September 3

Creative Scrappers #171

Wow- I went downstairs to scrap a few pages today and this one just fell together so nicely and I did a 2-pager in under 3hours. So I had time to do a few more pages today- it felt so good to be so productive and relax in my scrapbook room...August was such a busy month for me.
Here is my take on the sketch #171 over at Creative Scrappers this week.
I used papers by K&Company special Stack- 2 sided, EK Success punches, white doiley, my own handmade crocheted flowers and trim, 1/2  pearls, Tulip Slick fabric paints, ultra fine diamond glitter, multi colored twine, and alpha stamps by Studio G.
I had a few more pictures which were from the wedding so I just continued with the 2nd page using the same materials- using my own layout for this page. Here is a picture of the second page by itself. These photos were taken back in 2005 at my Cousin's wedding in Upper Michigan, and some candid shots of the day - which back then I didn't take to many pictures- so I was limited to what to use.
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Friday, September 2

Finally got some time to do a layout-its been weeks

The sketch is from The Scrappiest #135- and I just finished it in time tonight to post it by tomarrow. I had an open window of about an hour- so I went downstairs and did this layout of my son's Graduation party back in 2005. We had made a Pinata and had all the kids blindfolded and then had to use a flyswatter to break it guessed right---that took awhile to do -even for the big 8th grade boys.. It was so fun to watch them attempt this.
 I used all scraps from my stash -circle cutter, circle punch, black and yellow inks, several brads and did the drawing of the flyswatter myself and 3-D dimensional marker for the title.

Flourishes and more Flourishes.

Hello there-I'm glad you came to visit my blog with my first project as a new Design Team member at Fabulous Fridays at Frosted Designs. I have been scrapbooking for about 3 years now and have done over 1000 pages- and only a handful of projects (scrapping)- so this stepping out of the box a bit for me...but it's a challenge and probably like you we like challenges, right?
     Well, this week the challenge is flourishes and that I have alot of in my project. Its a  book- but only two pages that open up with pockets on each side to put those little momentums in or a handful of pictures to keep with you on special occasions or trips.
 I used specialty papers from K&Company- 2 sided paper- and did some folding to make this from one sheet of 12 x12 paper. Added alot of flourishes by Inkadinkado stamps "sketchy flourishes" some stamped in black right on the main paper and the others on different color pattern papers and then cut them out.  Some silk flowers with rhinestones and sequions in the centers and of course my favorite bling- Stickles in black and diamond  for some extra bling. I cut the saying out from K&Company paper stack and inked all the edges in Studio G brown.
I then punched a hole in the top half (through both ) of the booklet and threaded some gross grain ribbon ( I burned the edges of ribbon a little- to stop any fraying.) Then you can tie the ribbon on the side or front to keep all your treasures in this little booklet for safe keeping.
 Well, I hope you enjoyed my first project and try this challenge out for yourself to enter for a great prize from our sponsor this week  Kaiser Craft- I just love their line in scrapbooking supplies.